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Im building a 52'x6' outdoor shuffleboard court for years of enjoyment. Just have a few questions regarding doing this project right.
1. what strength psi do i need?
2. should i use a power trowel to finish the top?
3. any other suggestions.
 

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1) about 3000-3500
2) If you want a smooth polished surface probably need a small power trowel. It would be quite a bit of hand troweling for a non pro,
3) About 4" thick min over compacted gravel. I would also use mesh re-bar

Are you mixing yourself or bringing in a truck?
 

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1) about 3000-3500
2) If you want a smooth polished surface probably need a small power trowel. It would be quite a bit of hand troweling for a non pro,
3) About 4" thick min over compacted gravel. I would also use mesh re-bar

Are you mixing yourself or bringing in a truck?
Hi Yodaman, Im using a truck service. I think its about 6 yds at 4 inch, correct? I can get some 12"x12" wire mesh for free. Can i use that? or should i use 1/2" rebar?
 

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I think the 12x12 mesh would be fine.

Regarding volume calc. this is how I usually figure small lots, 52' x 6' = 312 cuft.
Since we are pouring 4" deep (or 1/3 of a foot), we can just mult. the 312 x .333 = 103.9 cuft, divided by 27' per yard = 3.85 cu yards.


Might want to ask for pea sized stone in lieu of the standard larger stone.
It will screed and finish a little easier for you.
 

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I think the 12x12 mesh would be fine.

Regarding volume calc. this is how I usually figure small lots, 52' x 6' = 312 cuft.
Since we are pouring 4" deep (or 1/3 of a foot), we can just mult. the 312 x .333 = 103.9 cuft, divided by 27' per yard = 3.85 cu yards.


Might want to ask for pea sized stone in lieu of the standard larger stone.
It will screed and finish a little easier for you.
thx Yodaman!
 

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all the previous depends on your 'where',,, you'll likely need 2% air,,, to avoid random cracking, you'll also need joints,,, frost is your enemy
 

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all the previous depends on your 'where',,, you'll likely need 2% air,,, to avoid random cracking, you'll also need joints,,, frost is your enemy
I dont know what your referring to when you state it will need air. Its outside. Also cant have any joint on a shuffleboard court man!
 

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Hi Big, what is your climate region, nearest big city would tell us. If no frost then no joints would be needed, Maybe.
But getting that perfectly flat over 52' does seem like a bit of a challenge requiring a very careful layout of the woof frame.

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air content helps prevent damage to concrete from cold weather,,, that's why no intelligent person places that quantity in such configuration in frost climes,,, we don't even have s-board cts in ga,,, understand your ignorance - now you're informed,,, however, you STILL haven't provided us w/YOUR 'where'
ps - your 'where' doesn't mean your backyard
 

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I dont know what your referring to when you state it will need air. Its outside. Also cant have any joint on a shuffleboard court man!
Knowing a near by city in what state might help get you better info.
How did the roof turn out?
 

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Look at using a Shuffleboard Kit.
You pour the base than apply the tiles over that base.
You can select your color of choice & size don't need to worry about cracks or expansion joints showing on the finish.
 

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uncertain if our op likes us anymore altho he may be cia spook & must keep his 20 hidden,,, could also be 1 of those guys who tries to put 5gal into 4gal buckets then hang it from a skyhook
 

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uncertain if our op likes us anymore altho he may be cia spook & must keep his 20 hidden,,, could also be 1 of those guys who tries to put 5gal into 4gal buckets then hang it from a skyhook
ok now i know what you meant by adding air. Im in Pa. by the way. Everything is ready now. I have the stone compacted, rebar all tied in, mesh on top. Im ready to call the truck.
But im not sure how to finish. I originally thought it had to be very smooth. Then i read this -"Court surface
should have an open finish for optimum bonding
of stains and sealers, a light sponge finish is preferred. "
Im not sure what an open finish means.
 

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Open finish means it has not been trawled smooth. The surface is open, it can breathe.
Well how exactly do you do an open finish? with hand trowel? Also it states to light sponge the top. Reason for this states so it can absorb the stain and sealer.
I was going to hire someone to use a power trowel on it. Then i read this.
http://www.domsports.com/pdfs/Building a Shuffleboard Court.PDF

Look under placing of concrete.
Can i get away just using a hand trowel for this?
 

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Sponge float is the wrong tool. It will create the correct finish, but it's for vertical not horizontal.

Do the instructions show what the prepared concrete is supposed to look like?
 
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